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About Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla

Authentic California cuisine meets a historic San Diego setting at Mustangs & Burros. An antique hacienda made of adobe brick, this casual La Jolla restaurant serves up Baja-inspired cuisine in its charming dining room and spacious patio, both accented by large, inviting fireplaces. Creative dishes are both locally inspired and locally sourced by the Mustangs & Burros culinary team, who also take a personalized approach to an innovative spirits program. Sip on house-made sangria, craft cocktails barrel-aged on site, and margaritas made with Herradura tequila, hand-selected during the staff’s annual “pilgrimage” to Jalisco, Mexico.

9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-11pm
Fri: 11:30-11pm (Bar until midnight)
Sat: 12pm-11pm (Bar until midnight)
Sun: 12pm-11pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(855) 567-2400

Website:
http://meritagecollection.com/estancialajolla/san-diego-outdoor-dining/?nck=8442019224

Entertainment:
Live Music by Israel Maldonado most Sundays from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Check our music and special events calendar or call ahead for details. www.estancialajolla.com

Parking Details:
Valet parking complimentary.

Executive Chef:
Chris Idso

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Awake Christmas morning to a grand buffet of stuffed french toast, chilaquiles, smoked salmon and made-to-order omelets. Buffet served from 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Make reservations at EstanciaLaJolla.com. $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Toast to the new year at Estancia with a coursed meal featuring butternut squash bisque, grilled filet mignon, chilean sea bass a la plancha and more. Dinner includes two specialty cocktails & a champagne toast. Make reservations at EstanciaLaJolla.com. $85 per person

Private Dining

Located in the Torrey Pines area, the hacienda-style Estancia La Jolla offers private dining, holiday party and special event venues ranging from intimate, fireplace-flanked dining rooms to grand ballrooms. No matter your setting, enjoy tailored menus, expert event staff and in-house audiovisual.

Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.0

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4.6

value

3.8

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78% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Cozy (6)
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Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
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Good for a Date (4)
Business Meals (4)
Authentic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
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Worth the Drive (2)
Live Music (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Great Beer (1)
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Hot Spot (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Went here before the Playhouse. We ate inside because weather turned cold. Our loss. Inside atmosphere is a bit sad. Chair upholstery is so old that we literally sunk when we sat down. Walls were dirty. No buzz in the restaurant. BUT, food was still good and wines by the glass delicious. Atmosphere outside is far superior.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great table right by the outdoor fire, awesome chicken tacos! Lovely venue.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The grounds are beautiful and it is so nice to be outside enjoying the california weather for dinner even if heaters are required. Food was solid, drinks were great which made for a great business evening out.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

the food is AMAZING!!!! Everything i ate was so delicious and well prepared! Ive never had scallops cooked to perfection the way they did it and the blueberry muffin with flavored butter was incredible. The ahi tuna on top of a wafer was so unique and great combo for sweet and salty taste! They were very busy when i went so service was very slow and had to remind them to bring our food missing from out order and basic things like water and ice multiple times. Other than that it was a great time and will be back for the delicious food!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Although we'd heard great things about this restaurant, we were extremely disappointed with our visit. The restaurant was fairly empty but we were encouraged to make a reservation before visiting. When we arrived, there was no hostess for several minutes so we couldn't be seated. Once we were seated, we weren't visited by the waitress or given any water for almost 20 minutes. We ordered the chips and guacamole appetizer and the chips were stale. The main course took over an hour to be served and 2 of the dishes were cold. The third dish was a painfully small portion (and highly overpriced). Overall, this restaurant was a letdown. It's a shame because the outdoor patio seating was beautiful. We won't be returning.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We had a very good lunch, good service, and quiet suroundings that are very beautiful.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating. The food was great. However, the hostess was surly and did not look pleased to be there. She greeted us rather grumpily, which left a sour taste in our mouths. The table was also off balance. It kept rocking and made for an uncomfortable evening. Also, my girlfriend's water glass had lipstick all over it that wasn't hers, so we questioned how sanitary everything was. Lastly, the small portion sizes left us rather disappointed as well.

Overall, I would not come back here. There are plenty of other good restaurants in La Jolla and San Diego in general that render coming back here unworthy. I would not recommend this restaurant to others for the reasons mentioned above.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great place. Went during restaurant week and service was reeeeally slow. Still, servers were great. Food was delicious. And ambiance Is laid back and nice.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

They were very busy with a rehearsal dinner or something. Service took awhile and food was undercooked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

First, I love the ambience on the outdoor patio at M&B. It's just a few minutes off I-5 but it's like a quick vacation to a New Mexican hacienda. I had two dinners there in the last week. One before restaurant week and one during. I had tuna tartar and the fish tacos the first time. When I hesitated as to whether I wanted grilled or Baja style, the waitress suggested I could get some of each. Great suggestion and great meal. The restaurant week meal I chose was watermelon and tomato salad, seafood risotto and brownie sundae. It was also very good but portion was sooo small. One of my companions is a large man, I'm sure he went home hungry so not the best value. The atmosphere is the biggest draw for me so I'll be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Lovely patio and indoor options. Four of us shared plates and nothing disappointed. We could talk, it still felt lively. We loved the ambience and had a great time.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Lots of atmosphere and ambiance. Nice valet parking, Indoor, outdoor eating Varied menus that would please most with moderate prices. Noise level was a little high, so maybe outside eating better Service was excellent.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

From our arrival and greeting at valet parking to the walk thru the beautiful grounds to get to the restaurant, very relaxing wonderful experience with very attentive staff and great tasting dishes.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I am always looking for beautiful scenery, gardens, good value and great ambience and this is the Place, Love it!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

I loved the setting of the restaurant and its decor. The food is excellent and very creative. Having lived in Mexico City for 40 years, I think the chef does an amazing job of incorporating the flavors into his cuisine. The cumin crusted steak, the grilled street corn, and the Mexican chocolate s'more were fantastic.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We chose this restaurant to celebrate my sisters work promotion and I wanted to take her somewhere special and very nice. My husband and I had been there before to celebrate an anniversary and it was unbelievably wonderful. Unfortunately the dinner with my sister didn't go so well. We had two waitresses who didn't know who was given our table. They took our order twice and brought us lukewarm food. The appetizers were lovely but they forgot to bring one of the entrees. They apologized plenty but by the time we did get all of the food it just wasn't as spectacular as I had remembered. It was a gorgeous restaurant but I felt it was overpriced and I was bummed at the service we received because I was hoping for it to be such a special evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Not as good this time as last time I was there. But bartender Jose and Philippe hold there own!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The setting for this fun little restaurant is gorgeous and it's lots of fun. Food and service are always above average, but never outstanding. We are repeat customers so they should say a lot!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, People Watching, Casual, Vegan, Spicy, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Much prefer eating outside at this restaurant. We like to go before the plays at LA Jolla Playhouse. Service is friendly and prompt. Valet parking is great. The menu is somewhat limited, but if you enjoy stringing several small plates together, very satisfying.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We just drove in from St. Louis and happened to find you. We absolutely loved it and really appreciated the gluten free excellent options!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Disappointing
Expensive and food ordinary
Lovely setting
Ravens were entertaining

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Poor customer service! I called to confirm my reservations and make changes,but they never answered the phone and when I could finally talk to someone they had to transfer to a different person because they did not have the answer. My colleagues used to love going here after work, but everyone was not impressed.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We had brunch prior to a play at the La Jolla Playhouse. The food and wine were wonderful, as was the service and, as always, the site. Estancia is such a beautiful location.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The waitress did not even know we were seated inside?! After 20 min, my friend went to find someone to help us. Then took a long time for food to come. Food was good!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I love this place. It never disappoints.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Perfect spot to have dinner before seeing the play Escape to Margaritaville

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My husband and I always come here before going to the theater. The outdoor ambiance is lovely.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Sad since they started using generic chips. Also, they removed the empanada from the menu. At times it was hard to find our server.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Excellent go to place prior to date at La Jolla Playhouse. We sat in the bar while waiting for friends, bar staff very friendly ended up ordering food. Dining room very nice, service is excellent.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

There were 4 of us for dinner. One entree came out cold, another undercooked. The staff took both plates back to the kitchen and remade them. One entree was returned and met our expectations, the other was still undercooked. The waiter disclosed that one chef that staffs the kitchen he can really count on, the other one (that was working that night) he really had to watch. Although the manager offered us two desserts on the house in an effort to make it up to us, the meal was already impacted for us.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We had such a good time! The food was excellent and the service was great. Our server was very attentive to our needs and very sweet. Will definitely be back as a regular!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Nice to eat outdoor- ambiance is highlight. Short Rib Taco and s'mores dessert were best items

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We had dinner here on Friday night. We sat outside on the patio near the fireplace. The ambience was great--casual and cozy with soft lighting. Our server was very friendly and solicitous, but not intrusive. My husband started with the corn bisque, which was a bit too sweet, and then ordered the filet and enjoyed it very much. It was cooked perfectly medium rare. I ordered a half Caesar salad and the sea bass. It is probably some of the best fish I have had. The top had a seared crust and it was served in a very delicious broth and surrounded by mussels. My only suggestion would be to serve bread with the plate so all the broth can be enjoyed. We also shared a very nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and finished the meal by sharing the bread pudding with ice cream. All in all a very nice experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 23, 2017

We were staying at the Lodge at Torrey Pines for a long weekend and decided to go off property for a meal. We're glad we did. Sat outside on the beautiful patio - fire lit and heaters on. So pretty and comfortable. Some people just hanging out with cocktails and some eating dinner. We ordered a bunch of tacos to share - carnitas, carne asada and pork belly. All were excellent. Margaritas on the rocks. Well crafted. The servers were attentive and really friendly. AND there was a guitarist that set the perfect tone for the evening. We would definitely go back. Wish it was in my neighborhood....

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 18, 2017

We came for my birthday. We all enjoyed our food very much. Our waitress was wonderful. I even got a marvelous piece of chocolate cake and ice cream free. My Fillet was very excellent!! We have been here maybe 4 times now. the first 3 we sat inside. This time we sat outside. it was kinda chilly, but with the heater by the table se were fine and enjoyed eating outside amongst the flowers and huge fireplace with a nice patio.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Always a pleasant evening. The sire offers everything one wants for a quiet dinner. Keep it up

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 21, 2017

We got married at the Estancia in 2010 and love coming back each year for our anniversary. Highly recommend everything about the resort, including Mustangs and Burros! They always treat you well and make you feel welcome. Beautiful setting. Thanks again for a wonderful experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 15, 2017

We love this place. Great steak.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2017

One of our faves for dinner. The ambience, food and service are superb

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Indoors was basically a loud brightly lit hotel bar scene with obnoxious intoxicated guests. Could've just been that night but I'd never go back expecting to converse quietly. Outdoor seating still catches the noise but is a nice setting.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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